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Respond and reimagine grants

These new grants aim to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the future.

Respond and reimagine grants provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the Covid-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

This programme has been developed in response to our sector consultation which identified our priority areas for support: Audiences, Collections, Digital and Workforce. You told us what you needed; this is our funding to support you and your ideas as we adapt together.

Responding to now

These grants can provide practical support to fund what you need now. This could relate to costs connected to re-opening, such as staffing, equipment or training, or planning for future activities. We want you to tell us what will be most helpful to you. If your organisation is experiencing an immediate crisis with no alternative sources of funding, we can consider offering emergency support to help you manage during this difficult period.

Reimagining the next

We realise the situation is tough, but where we can, we want our funding to provide opportunities for organisations to get creative with an idea that might help them adapt for the future. If we fund you and it doesn’t work out the way you planned, that’s ok – daring to try something which might not work out quite as planned can provide valuable learning or help identify an alternative solution. As the landscape continues to change, we want our support to provide the flexibility you need to navigate the period ahead beyond reopening.

Are you eligible?

We are happy to receive applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives that:

– ordinarily have spaces for the public to visit and experience the visual arts or other object-based collections. This could include natural history, maritime and transport, archaeology and social history.

– can demonstrate that you usually operate to best practice standards or have a good track record in delivering high quality public activity.

If you are an organisation that is a visual arts agency or festival, we’d be happy to hear from you providing you can meet the above and have a strong visual arts focus. Sadly, we can’t support theatre, music, dance or other art forms.

Art Fund exists to support museums and galleries. We can only accept applications from organisations whose primary purpose relates to objects and works of art. As a registered charity we can only pay grants to organisations who are registered for public interest, these include:

  • Charities
  • Community Incorporated Organisations (CIO)
  • Community Interest Companies (CIC)
  • Charitable Community Benefit Societies

Unfortunately, the following organisations are ineligible to apply:

  • Organisations that exist to make profit, including: Private Limited Companies, Public Limited Companies, Unlimited Companies, or Sole Traders
  • General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, or Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Commercial organisations
  • Artists’ groups
  • Hospitals/healthcare settings
  • Places of worship
  • Organisations with a focus on music, drama, dance and art forms outside the visual arts

When to apply

There are three funding rounds for these grants:

– Round 1: Now closed

– Round 2: Now closed

– Round 3: Now closed

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this funding, please let us know. We’d also appreciate it if you could let us know if you plan on applying and for which funding round. This helps us plan ahead so we can support as many organisations as possible.

Contact us by emailing

How to apply

For application forms and to submit your application, log in to My Art Fund, or create an account. You must be registered as a professional user.

If you already have a My Art Fund account but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.

If you require application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team.

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